Defendant motorist appeals $747K jury verdict
A defendant found negligent in causing an automobile collision has appealed a $747,750 jury verdict levied against him.
Through the Provost Umphrey Law Firm, plaintiffs Lisa Chapman and Amanda Breeden, as next of friend of several minors, filed suit against Alex and Maura Tony, Susan and Robert Saurage, and Dana Baker Jr. on Feb. 28, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court
Jeremiah Demarcus Kelly was later added as a defendant.
The plaintiffs alleged reckless driving in an automobile collision that took place on Highway 69.
The trial of Chapman v. Jeremiah Demarcus Kelly began Feb. 9 and concluded on Feb. 17.
Court records show Chapman blamed Kelly for causing a collision on Aug. 16, 2013.
Jurors were asked if the negligence of Kelly caused the occurrence, for which they answered “Yes,” according to the charge of the court.
The jury awarded Chapman $150,000 for her past and future pain, $150,000 for her past and future mental anguish, $225,000 for her past and future impairment, $157,750 for her past and future medical expenses and $65,000 for her future disfigurement.
Court records further show that on May 27 Kelly filed a notice of appeal, which states he desires to appeal the final judgment entered on March 10.
Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, presided over the trial.
Case No. A194-035